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First day at Queen’s Park, new MPP wanders hall

“Good morning, Mr. Shurman,” repeated Queen’s Park staff as the rookie Thornhill MPP wound his way through the corridors of power Tuesday. Surprised, Peter Shurman said the warm greetings made him feel particularly welcome, especially since he’d never met any of them before — this was his first time ever inside the legislature.

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City dumps on plan to double waste at local site

An application to the provincial environment ministry to let a Maple transfer station increase the amount of waste it handles met with unanimous disapproval at city council Monday.

Councillors voted to send the ministry a strong message regarding opposing a loosening of the 61 regulations placed on the station at 10525 Keele St. — across the street from a residential neighbourhood.

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Budget consultation attracts little interest from public

Dozens of seats in the cafeteria at Vellore Village Community Centre were empty at Monday’s public budget consultation, leaving the city’s budget chief concerned.

The Woodbridge forum, the first of three in Vaughan’s 2008 draft budget process, was an opportunity for the public to interact with councillors and city staff on how the budget should be crafted.

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Valuable source for costumes

On the spooky northwest corner of Dufferin St. and Steeles Ave., one retailer is spreading its scary version of Christmas cheer to costume hunters this Halloween season.

Value Village at 1520 Steeles Ave. West in Concord specializes in donated, second-hand merchandise, including discarded fashion ghouls from deep within the dusty bowels of the closets of reformed fashionistas.

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Perplexed in the pumpkin patch

Woodbridge tot Matthew Caggiano, 18 months, wanders through the pumpkins at Southbrook Farm and Winery in Maple on Wednesday. In addition to the Halloween gourds, the site has bales of hay, cornstalks, costumes and other seasonal items for sale — as well as offering hayrides for the kids — as Vaughan starts getting ready for the end-of-October celebration.

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Plugged-in tweens go green

When John Leonardelli checked a Watt Reader out from the library, he hoped it would spark a water-cooler conversation at his Maple home.

That is, how much it costs him to run that proverbial water cooler.

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Global Group’s seat of power

At 71 years old, Saul Feldberg still works 12-hour days.

After all, running one of Vaughan’s largest employers, making sure American presidents and Russian parliamentarians are comfortably seated is not your typical nine-to-five sort of job.

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Auto parts maker cleans up

Martinrea International Inc., a Vaughan-based auto parts manufacturer, was recently announced as the sponsor of a public art exhibit, using 80 garbage and recycling bins to help beautify Toronto.

EcoMedia Direct Incorporated, which owns and operates the bins it calls “three-stream” SilverBox Public Space Recycling Street Art units, announced the partnership with Martinrea on Oct. 3.